In continuing a study of the healing of a man at the pool of Bethsaida, two of at least five note-worthy facts have already been examined in a previous article.
First, Jesus was obedient in observing the Mosaic Law by going to Jerusalem in observance of the feasts. He did not come to earth to break the Law but to fulfill it.
Secondly, for many years, perhaps since the onset on his paralysis, this unnamed paralytic, along with other infirmed individuals had their eyes focused on the water in the pool waiting for a miracle. However, things were about to change; a change that would have eternal repercussions for the Scriptures said … “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:14-15 KJV).
Continuing our study, note thirdly in John’s record that the invalid man possessed limited information concerning the Man to whom he was speaking. Yet he demonstrated his willingness to believe the words of Jesus. That was sufficient – faith directed toward Jesus Christ. Healed immediately, the unnamed man is found by Jesus in the Temple fulfilling the Mosaic requirements for cleansing though He still did not know Jesus as the Savior. Note the fourth fact -- the religious leaders objected to this act of healing because it was the Sabbath …”Then they asked him, "Who is the Man who said to you, 'Take up your bed and walk'?" But the one who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, a multitude being in that place” (John 5:12-13 NKJV).
John records two other facts -- the most wonderful of all … “Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, "See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you" (John 5: 14 NKJV). No longer was the healer a stranger to him for now he knew that is was Jesus, God in the flesh, who had come into the world to provide life eternal to all who would simply believe in Him. Evidence of his faith in Christ is given to us by the Apostle John … “the man departed and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well” (John 5:15 NKJV). Before the eyes of the people was a man known to have been lame nearly four decades, yet was now walking and forgiven of his sins.
Sadly, to those who refused to believe particularly the religious leaders, Jesus was just a lawbreaker, yet He extended grace to them when refuting their accusation of Him violating the Sabbath … “But Jesus answered them, My Father has been working until now, and I have been working" (John 5:17 NKJV). Religion could not provide relationship with God. Faith was the missing ingredient … “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” (Heb 11:6 NIV). "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life” (John 5:24 NASB).
The gospel record indicates that some of the religious leaders believed on Him, but sadly the majority plotted to crucify Him. “There was the true light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him” (John 1:9-11 NASB). “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:12-13 NASB).